But the reality for covid is that transmission doesn't cease in ANY population that contains anyone without 'immunity' unless that individual remains isolated.
This is not herd immunity at work, this is isolation at work. Immunity without isolation is the untruth, it is that idea that HK people have been holding onto and it is that idea being addressed in NJStones post and in my comment that it was always unachievable........ not your goal posted shifted version of hospitals being spared stress tests.
From the article in question: Essentially the author and I are making the same point.
One fundamental error over the last year was a focus on herd immunity as the primary goal of vaccination. Government medical experts (predominantly hospital rather than public health specialists) and media pushed the herd immunity narrative long after the science clearly showed that increasing transmissibility of variants made herd immunity impossible by vaccination alone.
Immunity is a function of living organisms not hospitals.
A side benefit may well be reduced strain on hospitals, just like other benefits include, hairdressers and bars and sports centres being open, better job prospects, un restricted foreign travel, no mass testing, no insufferable press conferences by twats, not having to endure the site of paranoid idiots wearing 3 masks. Etc etc.
But funnily enough hospitals aren’t even mentioned in all the links I sent you defining herd immunity that predate Covid.
Below is a study of vaccines in action in care homes. Vaccinated people transmitted less killing fewer of their co-habitants than their unvaccinated neighbours.
Thinking in absolute terms when all evidence, data and pronouncements have been about risk reduction is an odd approach.
This cumulative death per million graph looks interesting to me. Shows HK doing so well for so long, before the shit finally hit the fan in just the last month, a complete 90 degree turn upwards, a perfect example of what not flattening the curve looks like.
But still, looking at the bigger picture, HK has a chance to come out of the current mess still a lot better than many other countries, if that graph doesnt keep going up for too much longer.